A new web exclusive

I have written a new flash fiction piece, exclusively for my site. For the full story, look to the right. Here is an excerpt from this love story:

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Dahlia

“Don’t think,” she whispered as he sat before her, hesitating.

“I’ve missed you,” he said.

“And I you. Where have you been?”

“Away,” he replied and turned, looking into that away that he’d been, a look on his face she did not care to see. “But I’m back now.”

“For how long?” She could not keep the plaintive note from her voice. She remembered his face, eyes, smile, voice; his hands, strong and gentle, forceful and caressing.

He lit a cigarette, took a long drag, the tip burning angry. His voice was smoke, hanging blue in the air. “Does it matter?”

She bowed her head, hurt. Instead, she said, “I thought you quit.”

“Only in the real world.”

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